Recent flooding brings city, parish officials together with business leaders - Thursday, June 8, 2017
unprecedented in some instances, recently in Iberia Parish prompted a
meeting of parish and New Iberia city officials who sat down and talked
with local business owners who were most affected by heavy rainfall in
A group of
about 30 people met Wednesday afternoon in the conference room of the
Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce for a presentation and
question-and-answer session with New Iberia Mayor Freddie DeCourt and
Iberia Parish President Larry Richard. Flooding was first and foremost
on their mind.
the city, DeCourt said there was an unprecedented lack of flow within
New Iberiaís wastewater system recently, particularly in areas like
Lewis and Dale streets and Jefferson Terrace Boulevard.
wanted to find out the problem,Ē DeCourt said. "In my lifetime Lewis
Street and Jefferson Terrace have not flooded the way they flooded. It
does seem things are worse and it does seem water is not flowing.Ē
the recent flooding, some water in those areas seemed to not drain at
all until after the storm. There also are problems with state roads that
arenít under the care of city or parish officials.
first I thought itís so clogged,Ē he said. "Weíve cleaned every drain
on Lewis Street. We did find one crosspipe that was plugged but all the
rest of them are clean. Thatís not the problem.Ē
the reason has been a challenge that DeCourt said hasnít been met yet.
However, dirty pipes and clogging from litter, trees and shrubbery were
certainly a problem in some drains in the city, he said
gave an overview of parishwide drainage systems, some of which havenít
been cleaned in ages, and the Iberia Parish Council will be acting soon
to approve funding to that effect, he said.
"I donít want to tell you how long some of them havenít been cleaned,Ē Richard said.
and Richard said both governmental agencies were under a tight budget
when it came to drainage, and intergovernmental agreements between both
entities would be likely in the future. A project to improve drainage
on Jefferson Terrace was cut short earlier this year when DeCourt had to
stop near the railroad tracks until more money was put into the budget.
never seen a gathering like this in my many years, particularly in the
areas weíre talking about, so I feel confident that our leaders are
going to help us get rid of this problem,Ē Ted Haik, a local lawyer,
said at the meeting.